When there are illegal drugs inside the prison, it puts each person behind these walls in a very bad spot. As a corrections officer, I get to see first hand what happens to an inmate when they take too much of a drug or experiment with something new. These inmates are not just a danger to themselves, they are a danger to visitors, prison employees, other inmates, and all corrections officers. This is just part of the reason we spend a considerable amount of time each day trying to keep the drugs out of this jail.
In an effort to make the jail safe, we will meet with all guests, inform them of the drug policy, and search them before they can see the inmates. We will search the inmates after these sessions to make sure nothing got from the outside to the inmates. Our team will do searches of the inmate’s cell for anything that should not be there. We will make use of the drug dogs if we feel that this situation is getting out of control.
One resource that has become a standard in our prison is the Securus Technologies telephone monitoring system, This technology allows us to listen to all the calls across all channels, while the LBS software alerts officers if there is chatter concerning drugs. The company has placed similar systems in thousands of jails, and it is an invaluable resource in the war on drugs.
If an inmate begs his family to bring prescription drugs to the jail, we can intercept. When an inmate talks about hiding drugs in the prison yard, we can find it. If an inmate talks about doing drugs at night, we can take the appropriate action. Since Securus Technologies installed the system, drug use in our facility has dropped.